Ameren completes 900 grid modernisation projects in one year


In the US state of Missouri, Ameren has completed 900 projects to modernise its grid network as part of the utility’s Smart Energy Plan in 2019.

Last year Ameren Missouri deployed 9,000 new storm-resilient utility poles, 180+ smart switches to reduce outages and 13 new or upgraded substations to serve growing communities and improve reliability.

To maximise the operations of its grid network, Ameren Missouri has filed an upgraded Smart Energy Plan with the Missouri Public Service Commission. The plan includes an additional $7.5 billion in investments to be made in grid modernisation over the next five years.

The energy provider plans to install 120,000 smart electric meters in 2020, acquire two wind facilities this year, install solar and install solar and battery energy storage systems to boost reliability in rural areas. 

“We are keeping our customers at the center of everything we do,” said Marty Lyons, president of Ameren Missouri. “The Smart Energy Plan means investment in state-of-the-art technology, equipment and controls to reduce outages and restore power faster when they happen. We’ve been able to continue our system upgrades and create significant jobs while lowering rates over the last two years.”